Whiz kids James Punch and Flynn Starrettexcel in maths challenge

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4 Dec 2018

WINNERS: James Punch and Flynn Starrett with their awards. Picture: Phil Hearne

HUNTER whiz kids James Punch and Flynn Starrett have added their names to an illustrious list after taking out the top prizes of this year’s Newcastle Permanent Primary Schools Mathematics Competition.

James, a year 6 student at Tenambit Public School, and Flynn, in year 5 at New Lambton Public School, sat the 35-question exam along with 16,000 students from schools across the Hunter, Central Coast, Northern Rivers, Mid-North Coast, New England and Central West. The sections included problem solving with fractions, percentages and decimals, algorithms, numeration, Roman numerals and prime numbers.

Some of the questions were inspired by local or topical events, with queries about the change received from buying a Newcastle Knights hat, Lake Macquarie hosting the International Children’s Games in December and the score required to average 80percent in a mathematics test.

Newcastle Permanent chief executive Terry Millett praised the students’ hard work and presented them with a shield to recognise their achievement.

‘‘Both James and Flynn have done a tremendous job topping the Hunter and taking out the shield for their schools,’’ Mr Millett said. ‘‘It’s clear the students have a true gift for mathematics, I’m sure we will see great things from them both in the years to come.’’

The competition, which began in 1981, challenges students to do without using calculators, rulers or geometrical instruments.

‘‘Newcastle Permanent recognises mathematics as a fundamental life skill and the ongoing support from local schools also highlights the importance of numeracy and literacy,’’ Mr Millett said.

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